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Jack the Giant Killer

3.7 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews


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Editorial Reviews

Farm boy Jack heroically rescues Princess Elaine from sorcerer Pendragon by slaying his bloodthirsty giant. But when Pendragon uses his evil powers to bewitch and imprison Elaine in his enchanted fortress, Jack must cross the ocean to brave dragons, two-headed ogres and an army of ghouls to save his lady love!

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Kerwin Mathews, Judi Meredith, Torin Thatcher, Walter Burke, Don Beddoe
  • Directors: Nathan Juran
  • Writers: Nathan Juran, Orville H. Hampton
  • Producers: Edward Small, Robert E. Kent
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001BKBFC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,046 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jack the Giant Killer" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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I'm reviewing this film because the only review here is for a entirely different film 'The Giant Killer' asylum films!

Jack The Giant Killer is a pretty neat little fairy tale that was released in 1962. Trying to capture the magic of the 1958 Harryhausen classic 'The 7th Voyage of Sinbad', Jack the Giant Killer is inferior in every way, but still most enjoyable to the child in all stop motion fans.

I owned two pervious editions of this film but I had heard rumors that this version released was the horrid version that was dubbed into a ersatz musical! I only wanted that version to have a laugh from time to time.

Unfortunately, it is not the case and even worse it is by far the worst looking of the three releases of the film. If you must own the film look for the good times version released in 1:33 as it is the closest to the proper aspect ratio, even though all releases have some cropping issues.

I saw Jack the Giant Killer in a theater as a child and I must say it haunted my memory for decades before I was able to see it again. The strange thing is the second time I saw the film it was at least 20 years after the theater viewing. It was playing on TV and it was the bizarre musical version?!! (which I knew nothing about at the time!)I was completely disappointed because the musical version is absolutely horrible.

It took me a number of years before I would see the original theatrical version and it was every bit as good as I remembered..ok maybe the stop motion looked better to me as a kid, but the film held up fairly well. The giants are obviously inspired by Ray Harryhausen's wonderful Cyclops from 7th Voyage, but all in all, it's a pretty good film for fantasy film fans from days gone by. It's pretty hard not to like a two headed giant! If you like Harryhausen films, you'll find this interesting.
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By A Customer on April 17, 2002
Format: DVD
A budget DVD released on Goodtimes homevideo (It used to be released on MGM). Picture quality of 'Jack the Giant Killer' is much better than the Vhs version (obviously) and about the same (if not better) than the Laser Disc release. This single layer disc runs 1 hour 36 minutes and is playable worldwide (NTSC). The movie stars Kerwin Williams & the beautiful Judi Meredith and directed by Nathan Juran. There are no special features on this DVD except for scene index and play. The DVD is worth it even at this price. This is not the musical version but the regular movie version, The disc is made in Hong Kong (and/or Taiwan) as mentioned on the back of the DVD keepcase, but then again most budget DVDs are made there nowadays. The picture and sound quality is very good (Its the best I've seen of this video so far) and would get this classic before its too late.
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Format: DVD
ASIN# B000050SKH
I gave this film 3 stars based on "the Film" because...
-It was such a blatant band-wagon move after "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad". It's hard to watch without noticing parodies.
-The giants inexplicably all have goat's legs, just like the cyclops in SVOS!!
-Same director and lead actors as SVOS... in the SAME ROLES!!!
-Some scenes drag on, even action scenes! "let's show more monsters LONGER!!!" The witch scene on the ship NEVER ENDS!!
-A little magical helper, just like SVOS. He even makes the same bargain for his freedom!!
-Battle between giant and serpent, just like SVOS battle between Cycplops and Dragon.
-Editing is silly at times. Senes were obviously cut (gaunlet hall has arms cut off and blades broken but not a clue how it happened!) while others go on... and on... and on.....
-Acting is valiant considering the script!! This thing was obviously thrown together. I particularly enjoyed the high-school acting of Judy Meredith. Kind of like watching a car wreck... you just can't look away.
-The monsters are extremely crude in every aspect, from sculpting to animation. The funny thing is, the animation seams to get a little better as the film rolls along, like they created the sequences in script order.
-Jim Danforth (though I never see his name on the Credits?) needed to understudy under Harryhausen a bit longer. He had very little knowledge of human or animal physiology. This made his creatures look cartoonish and less believable. Do you like shiney monsters? To his credit, they definately have character.
-Despite all of this, it is a fun film. Just need to get over the SVOS "cloning".
As a value priced DVD, I'd have to give it 5 stars.
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Ooooh, a cousin took me to see this for my birthday. I loved it, but I do remember the witches scaring me. A few days later, I got sick, had a fever and thought I saw one of the witches in my closet...mom and dad ran up stairs to find me hiding under the bed...sneezing and yelling at them to break all the mirrors. So, I had to add this to my DVD collection. And no, the witches do not scare me....but the memories are fun.
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This was a healthy dose of Ray Harryhausen-similar nostalgia that was most likely spearheaded by Wah Chang (one of Harryhausen's contemporaries) that brightened up my day.

The story was a mix of all sorts of themes but the stop-motion animation was adequately performed for the era (1962) and the story, while similar to many others, had our man Jack (a farmer's son), defeating a giant through treachery and deceit and winning the hand of the princess - apparently for just being alive.

Our evil wizard, aptly played by Torin Thatcher who had roles in many, many movies, was given ample opportunity to defeat Jack but just didn't take advantage of them all. Sadly, he changed himself into a dragon just on the outside chance he could defeat this untrained farm boy but, alas, farm boy won anyway.
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